At the end of September we are headed to Germany and taking a Viking River Cruise.
Itinerary for just over three weeks:
Fly to Munich and spend 4 days there
Train to Budapest for 2 pre-cruise days
7 day cruise from Budapest to Passau
Viking gets us to Prague for 3 day post-cruise visit
Train to Berlin and spend 4 days
Train to Cologne and spend 2 days
Train from Cologne to Paris for flight home
We are dinosaurs. I turn my cell phone on when I want to make a call. My husband is supposed to leave his on so I can reach him in the field (I sell draperies and set his schedule, he installs them), but half the time doesn't remember to keep it charged. When traveling to Europe in the past we took one US-only phone with us simply to be able to call family to pick us up at the airport upon our return. We have felt no need to have a phone that works in Europe until now.
This time we have friends in each of the German cities (staying in their homes in Berlin and Cologne, in a hotel in Munich), and in order not to inconvenience them and to make coordinating our time together easy we see the need to have a phone that works in Germany. Our four year old dumb phones are on T-Mobile. When my husband stopped in at the T-Mobile store to inquire about a SIM card for Germany he was told "we can't do anything here". He doesn't know if that's true or if the person he was talking to was simply clueless. I am perfectly willing to buy one new phone before we leave (I hate his slide-open-to-answer phone because if I have to answer it I can never remember which button to push after I slide it open -- I told you, dinosaurs, and in my case technophobic too!). We would like to be able to then use the same phone at home, and T-Mobile is the only service we've found that works here at the house, and then only sporadically depending on the time of day, the weather, and which room we're standing in because we are in a dead zone caused by a hill. (We have 4 landlines for home and business). I've told him that if he wants a smart phone he can get one in conjunction to finding something that works in Germany, but he has no interest in anything fancy.
We'd welcome suggestions!